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Encyclopedia > Paula Cole
Paula Cole
Birth name Paula Cole
Born April 5, 1968 (1968-04-05) (age 39)
Origin Rockport, Massachusetts
Genre(s) Pop, Rock
Occupation(s) Singer, Songwriter
Instrument(s) Vocals
Piano/Keyboard
Years active 1992–Present
Label(s) Imago/Warner Bros. (1993–2003)
Sony BMG/Columbia (2003–2005)
Decca/UMG (2006–)
Website Paula Cole Official Site

Paula Cole (born April 5, 1968 in Rockport, Massachusetts) is an American singer/songwriter. Her single "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone" reached the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1997, and the following year she won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. is the 95th day of the year (96th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Rockport is a town in Essex County, Massachusetts, USA. The population was 7,767 at the 2000 census. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Pop music (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... A short grand piano, with the lid up. ... Piano, a well-known instance of keyboard instruments A keyboard instrument is any musical instrument played using a musical keyboard. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Warner Bros. ... Bertelsmann is a transnational media corporation founded in 1835, based in G tersloh, Germany. ... It has been suggested that Decca Music Group be merged into this article or section. ... Universal Music Group (UMG) is the largest business group and family of record labels in the recording industry. ... is the 95th day of the year (96th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Rockport is a town in Essex County, Massachusetts, USA. The population was 7,767 at the 2000 census. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... The track was the first single from the album This Fire. ... “Hot 100” redirects here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Grammy for Best New Artist has been awarded since 1960. ...

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Early life

Cole was born to Stephanie, a visual artist, and Jim Cole, a polka-playing entomologist. She has a sister named Irene. Cole entered the Berklee College of Music in Boston when she was 18, where she studied jazz singing and improvisation. She lived in Rockport, MA with her parents, where she attended Elementary School [citation needed]. Although some press stories focused on Cole being an unpopular and lonely child during her schooling in Rockport High School, this is almost purely fiction. She was, according to her press sources, from middle school on, a very popular student, holding office as class president and student counselor. In addition, she was very active in the school's theatre arts program, starring in many productions, among them "Flower Drum Song" and "Whose Life Is It Anyway?". She was a French Club member and traveled to France as part of a well-established exchange program founded by Foreign Language department head Mary Hayes. Entomology is the scientific study of insects. ... Berklee College of Music, founded in 1945, is an independent music college in Boston, Massachusetts with many prominent faculty, staff, alumni, and visiting artists. ... Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, The Hub (of the Universe)1, Athens of America, The Cradle of Revolution, Puritan City, Americas Walking City Location in Massachusetts, USA Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas M. Menino(D) Area    - City 232. ... For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... Improvisation is the practice of acting and reacting, of making and creating, in the moment and in response to the stimulus of ones immediate environment. ... President is a title held by many leaders of organizations, companies, trade unions, universities, and countries. ... Look up Counselor in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Recording career

Cole got her first big professional break when she was invited to perform on Peter Gabriel's 1993-1994 Secret World Live tour. Shortly after this, she was signed on with her first record company Imago Records. Through this record company, she released her first album Harbinger in 1994. Within that year of Harbinger's release, Imago Records went out of business. This prevented Cole's album from getting radio exposure. However, she wasn't without a record company for long. In 1995, she was signed on to Warner Bros. Records. The record company reissued Harbinger in the Fall of 1995. Peter Brian Gabriel (born 13 February 1950, in Chobham,[1] Surrey, England) is an English musician. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... Secret World Live is a live album by Peter Gabriel. ... Harbinger is singer-songwriter Paula Coles debut album. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Warner Bros. ... Harbinger is singer-songwriter Paula Coles debut album. ... Autumn colours at Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire, England. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ...


Harbinger

Main article: Harbinger (album)

Cole released her debut album, Harbinger, in 1994 with Imago Records. She appeared with Melissa Etheridge to sing a duet on VH1 though she was not well-known at the time. Harbinger is singer-songwriter Paula Coles debut album. ... Harbinger is singer-songwriter Paula Coles debut album. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... Melissa Lou Etheridge (born May 29, 1961, in Leavenworth, Kansas) is an Academy Award-winning and two-time Grammy Award-winning American rock musician and singer. ... VH1 (VH-1: Video Hits One until 1994) is an American cable television channel that was created in January 1985 by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, at the time a division of Warner Communications and owners of MTV. VH1 and sister channel MTV are currently part of the MTV Networks division...


Harbinger featured songs dwelling on Cole's personal thoughts on discrimination and unhappiness. The songs were musically lush but driven and bleak. The accompanying artwork featured photographs of Cole with a boyishly short haircut, wearing loose fitting black sweatclothes, combat boots and nose ring. Unfortunately the Imago label folded and promotion of Harbinger was limited, affecting its sales. A single, "I Am So Ordinary", was released with a bleak, low-budget black and white video that reflected the album's artwork. Manifestations Slavery Racial profiling Lynching Hate speech Hate crime Genocide (examples) Ethnocide Ethnic cleansing Pogrom Race war Religious persecution Gay bashing Blood libel Paternalism Police brutality Movements Policies Discriminatory Race / Religion / Sex segregation Apartheid Redlining Internment Anti-discriminatory Emancipation Civil rights Desegregation Integration Equal opportunity Counter-discriminatory Affirmative action Racial... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


This Fire

Main article: This Fire (album)

In late 1996 Cole released her second album on Warner Bros. Records, This Fire, which was entirely self-produced. The albums's debut single, "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone", became an instant smash radio (reaching #8 on Billboard magazine's pop chart) and MTV hit. The follow up single, "I Don't Want to Wait", was a #11 pop hit single, thanks in part to the fact that it was made the theme song to the popular teen drama Dawson's Creek. (The song was considered by many to be so overplayed that it was lampooned on various sketch comedy shows. Memorably, a sketch on MADtv that spoofed Dawson's Creek had an outsider burst in on a romantic scene and destroy a radio playing the song.) The single "Me" (#35) was also released. The title "Hush, hush, hush", a false duet with Peter Gabriel talks about AIDS and about a young gay man dying in his father's comforting arms. This Fire is Paula Coles second album. ... Warner Bros. ... This Fire is Paula Coles second album. ... The track was the first single from the album This Fire. ... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ... This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ... I Dont Want to Wait is a song written, performed and produced by Paula Cole. ... Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: Dawsons Creek Dawsons Creek is an American primetime television drama which aired from January 20, 1998, to May 14, 2003, on The WB Television Network. ... For other uses, see Mad TV (disambiguation). ... Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: Dawsons Creek Dawsons Creek is an American primetime television drama which aired from January 20, 1998, to May 14, 2003, on The WB Television Network. ...


Cole toured with the Lilith Fair and garnered even more critical acclaim for her live performances. Cole was nominated for several Grammy awards in 1997. Among them was "Producer of the Year" (Cole was the second woman to ever be nominated in this category); she did not win it, but did win "Best New Artist". Lilith Fair was a concert tour and traveling music festival, founded by musician Sarah McLachlan, that featured female musicians; it ran from 1997 to 1999. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music...


Amen

Cole took a hiatus to have and begin raising her daughter Sky. In 1999 Cole released Amen with the newly formed "Paula Cole Band". The album's debut single "I Believe In Love" was initially not a success but was remixed into a successful dance song. The album failed to match the success of This Fire. A fourth album was recorded but the label refused to release it; in 2005 Cole uploaded one of the tracks, "Singing Out My Life," to her own website to get her sound out there. She also recorded a song called "It's My Life" during these sessions, which can be heard in Mercury automobile commercials. Cole also made a home recording of a politically charged song called "My Hero Mr. President".[citation needed] Amen is Paula Coles third studio album. ... Template:Music Singing Out My Life is a never officially published song performed by Paula Cole. ... Mercury is an automobile marque of the Ford Motor Company founded in 1939 to market near-luxury cars slotted between entry-level Ford and luxury Lincoln models, similar to General Motors Buick (and former Oldsmobile) brand and Chryslers Chrysler brand. ...


Courage

Cole returned in June 2007 with her fourth studio album Courage, which was released on Decca Records with strong critical praise. The album is in stark contrast to "This Fire" and "Amen" the sound is more relaxed and smooth sounding then Cole's previous albums.


Controversy

In the past, Cole created some controversy by appearing in public wearing tank tops and sleeveless shirts, and even totally nude on the This Fire album cover, without shaving her armpits. One magazine, Entertainment Weekly enraged Cole after airbrushing her armpit hair out of its cover photo. They eventually ran the unaltered photo and Cole's letter to them, citing that the editors of the magazine thought it was a smudge on the photograph "until we saw the Grammys." The armpit (or axilla) is the area on the human body directly under the area where the arm connects to the shoulder. ... Entertainment Weekly (sometimes abbreviated EW) is a magazine published by Time Inc. ...


Current status

Her official website is now managed by The Colomby Group. She is scheduled for a future tour and the tag "great things are happening" on the site would suggest Cole is ready to release her fourth studio album, "Courage", under her new record company Decca[1] on the 12 June 2007.


Cole performed a two hour set at Berklee Performance Center in Boston, Massachusetts on February 16, 2007 during which she debuted several songs from her upcoming album. The set began with a solo piano version of "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone" which was replayed toward the end of the concert by the full band. Her performance was reviewed favorably in The Boston Globe on February 19, 2007. Berklee College of Music, founded in 1945, is an independent music college in Boston, Massachusetts with many prominent faculty, staff, alumni, and visiting artists. ... The Boston Globe (and Boston Sunday Globe) is the most widely circulated daily newspaper in Boston, Massachusetts and New England. ...


In March 2007, her official myspace previewed three new songs from "Courage," which include "Comin' Down", "El Greco", and the album's first single entitled "14".


On July 10, 2007 Cole sang God Bless America during the seventh-inning stretch of the 2007 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.[2] [3] God Bless America is an American patriotic song originally written by Irving Berlin in 1918 and revised by him in 1938. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Date July 10, 2007 Venue AT&T Park City San Francisco, California Managers American League - Jim Leyland (DET) National League - Tony La Russa (STL) MVP Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) Television FOX, Joe Buck, Tim McCarver, Ken Rosenthal (on-field reporter) Attendance 43,965 First pitch Willie Mays The 2007 Major League...


In August 2007, Cole will tour with Mandy Moore, playing mid-size venues in the western United States. Amanda Mandy Leigh Moore (born April 10, 1984) is an American pop singer, songwriter and actress. ...


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Discography

Albums

Harbinger is singer-songwriter Paula Coles debut album. ... This Fire is Paula Coles second album. ... Amen is Paula Coles third studio album. ... Courage is Paula Coles fourth studio album. ...

Singles

Year Single Chart Positions Album
US Hot 100 U.S Adult Contemporary U.S. Adult Top 40 U.S. Modern Rock
1997 "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone" #8 #27 #4 #32 This Fire
1997 "I Don't Want to Wait" #11 #3 #9 - This Fire
1998 "Me" - - #17 - This Fire
1999 "I Believe In Love" #112 - #22 - Amen
1999 "Be Somebody" - - - - Amen
1999 "Amen" - - - - Amen
2007 "14" - - - - Courage
2007 "Comin Down" - - - - Courage 2007 "God Bless the Child"
August Rush

The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... Adult contemporary music, frequently abbreciated to just AC, is a type of radio format that plays mainstream and pop music, without hip-hop or rap since, as per the name, it is geared more towards adults than teens. ... Adult Top 40 is a another variation on the Top 40 format, in which this genre is more geared towards an adult audience who are not into Rock music teen Pop, Dance music, Hip-Hop, Modern Rock or slower Adult Contemporary fare. ... Modern Rock Tracks is a music chart that has appeared in Billboard magazine since September 10, 1988. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... The track was the first single from the album This Fire. ... This Fire is Paula Coles second album. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... I Dont Want to Wait is a song written, performed and produced by Paula Cole. ... This Fire is Paula Coles second album. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... This Fire is Paula Coles second album. ... This article is about the year. ... Amen is Paula Coles third studio album. ... This article is about the year. ... Amen is Paula Coles third studio album. ... This article is about the year. ... Amen is Paula Coles third studio album. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Courage is Paula Coles fourth studio album. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Courage is Paula Coles fourth studio album. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... August Rush is a 2006 drama/musical directed by Kirsten Sheridan and written by Nick Castle, Jim Hart, Kirsten Sheridan and Paul Castro. ...

Notes

  1. ^ http://theedge.bostonherald.com/musicNews/view.bg?articleid=182810 Theedge.bostonherald.com Retrieved on 05-23-07
  2. ^ press release from MLB
  3. ^ this article from Broadcast News

External links

  • Official site
  • Paula Cole dotNet (a Paula Cole fansite)
  • Paula Cole Experiments With Rap, Stars In Indie Film

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Paula Cole (448 words)
Cole then set to work supporting the album with extensive touring, both on her own and as part of the first Lilith Fair event (a touring festival that also included female performers such as Sarah McLachlan, Melissa Etheridge and Jewel).
Cole's third effort Amen surfaced in 1999, its songs taking a distinct turn towards hip-hop and R&B, and featuring input from hip-hop artists Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, Gang Starr's DJ Premier, and even Missy Elliott (who contributed to a track included with the single I Believe In Love).
The bulk of the recordings, however, were created using The Paula Cole Band, a unit consisting of longtime collaborators and former Berklee classmates Jay Bellerose and Kevin Barry (on drums and guitar, respectively).
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Cole was born and raised in Rockport, MA, the daughter of an amateur musician and a visual artist.
Cole was one of the performers to receive a significant boost of profile from the tour, and was the subject of many articles in the mainstream press.
In 1998, Cole won the Grammy for Best New Artist, despite the fact that she released her debut album in 1994 and therefore was technically ineligible.
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